Two of my children just finished performing in the Wizard of Oz at our favorite local theater. The show was great - I was so proud of them! But one of my favorite parts of the experience was hearing my 3 year talk about it: "I LOVED the Lizard of Oz, Mommy!", and "We're off to see the Lizard, the wonderful Lizard of Oz!"
As we began discussing with our children the Lenten discipline of sacrifice, we asked our six year old son if he would like to give something up too. We suggested a few age appropriate things to see if he might like to try it this year. Given his age, we weren't too sure if he would really grasp the concept fully. He waffled for a bit, tossed aside our suggestions and decided to give up Sonic. Then Tails (Sonic's yellow buddy). Then all things yellow. Yes, all things yellow. The day after Ash Wednesday, we watched him as he held a Lego while playing, realized it was yellow and dropped it like a hot potato. He then gingerly picked it up by the black edge. Whew. That was close! Now, a week or so into Lent, it appears the yellow-less Lent has subsided.
Yesterday I suggested something to little K that she thought would be great. She responded, smooth as silk, "That would be splendid, Mommy!" She also has recently enjoyed using "washmouth" after brushing her teeth.